Bird genealogy >> Order Procellariiformes >> Family Diomedeidae
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Kaikoura, South Island
New Zealand


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 240 mm
Exposure 1/400 s, f/14, ISO 400 
Image size 800 x 534 pixels

IOC Names

Deutsch  Wanderalbatros Dutch  Grote Albatros
Italian  Albatros urlatore Spanish  Albatros Viajero


The sequence of plumages of all varieties of Wandering Albatross is similar, from fledging dark brown with white underwing and face and becoming paler with age. Eight typical plumages have been described in Wandering Albatrosses. This New Zealand bird, seen at Kaikoura, exhibits plumage D, which is found by Tristan da Cunha and both New Zealand races.


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Wandering Albatross imm
Diomedea exulans
Albatros hurleur

Jean-Michel PAULUS